Posts Tagged ‘Kinzua bridge’

1987 Catches That Can’t Be Caught Again

June 10, 2020

I had some good catches in the summer of 1987, all of which will never happen again.

In the top photograph, I’m on the Gettysburg Railroad on July 11,1987, in Biglerville, Pennsylvania.

No. 76 is ex-Frisco, ex-Mississippian and now ex-Gettysburg. It was to the late Jerry Joe Jacobson, then sold to Steam Railroad Institute in Michigan with intended to restore it to operating condition.

Years later SRI sold No. 76 and it is now cosmetically  restored as a Baltimore & Ohio locomotive on display in Oakland, Maryland, never to run again.

Next up is Norfolk & Western 1218 on the return leg of a of Bellevue-Columbus roundtrip in Marion on Aug. 15,1987.

This scene can’t be repeated because the signal bridge is gone and AC Tower has been lowered and moved to the south side of the tracks.

Of course No. 1218 is no longer operational and sits in Roanoke, Virginia, at the Virginia Transportation Museum.

No. 1218 is also shown arriving in Bellevue on Aug. 15,1987, between a pair of Pennsylvania Railroad position light signals on the Sandusky District of Norfolk Southern.

The Sandusky District is still there but the signals are gone.

The last image shows Huntington & Broad Top No. 38 on the Kinzua Bridge in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 13,1987.

On July 21,2003 a tornado blew down 11 of the 20 bridge towers. The southern portion of the bridge has restored as a scenic state park, but trains will never again cross this bridge.

H&BT 38 is now owned by the Everett Railroad where it awaits restoration.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Group Seeks to Buy Knox & Kane ROW

September 1, 2014

A Pennsylvania non-profit organization is seeking funding to purchase the right of way of the defunct Knox & Kane Railroad with plans to convert it into a trail.

The right of way and tracks are now owned by Kovalchick Corp. of Indiana, Pa., which is a scrap dealer that is in the process of removing rails and ties between Knox in Clarion County and the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett.

The Headwaters Charitable Trust and the Headwater Resource Conservation and Development Council of DuBois, Pa., wants to buy the 73.8-mile former rail corridor.

The Knox & Kane operated excursion trains over the Kinzua viaduct between 1987 and 2002 when the bridge was closed.

Built in 1900, the bridge was owned by the Erie Railroad and carried freight trains through 1959. After obtaining trackage rights on a nearby Baltimore & Ohio route, the Erie sold the bridge to the Kovalchick company, but owner Nick Kovalchick couldn’t bear to dismantle the bridge.

The state later agreed to buy the bridge and establish a state park that opened in 1970.

Even after ceasing to cross the bridge, which spanned the valley of Kinzua Creek, the Knox & Kane continued to operate excursion trains to the western end of the bridge.

A tornado on July 21, 2003, caused 11 of the bridge’s 20 towers to collapse. At the time, an Ohio company had been working to restore the bridge.

The state decided that the high cost of rebuilding the bridge was too much and the bridge remains still stand.

The Knox & Kane excursions ceased in October 2004 after ridership had fallen by 75 percent.